oh, another thing about nelson's open-mindedness.
give him credit for being one of the first guys to look into european players.
he discovered sarunis marcilinoius (sp) and gave him a chance. he also jocked on dirk, who eventually opened the giant floodgate to the rest of the world. before, people only looked at candidates from ncaa tournaments.
nelson was one of the early guys to help open a door to a giant foreign floodgate. most other top nba executives would had never touched it. you don't draft foriegn unknowns by being "rigid" with conventional thinking.